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ERIC Number: EJ1048520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4669
Experience of Adult Facilitators in a Virtual-Reality-Based Social Interaction Program for Children with Autism
Ke, Fengfeng; Im, Tami; Xue, Xinrong; Xu, Xinhao; Kim, Namju; Lee, Sungwoong
Journal of Special Education, v48 n4 p290-300 Feb 2015
This phenomenological study explored and described the experiences and perceptions of adult facilitators who facilitated virtual-reality-based social interaction for children with autism. Extensive data were collected from iterative, in-depth interviews; online activities observation; and video analysis. Four salient themes emerged through the process of data generation, analysis, and comparison of participants: heterogeneity in group-based facilitation, coexistence of virtual and physical interaction spaces, sparkle and out-of-track moments, and pretraining for individualized facilitation. The findings should enrich the research area of technology-enhanced special education by delineating the dynamic processes and patterns of facilitating Internet-based social interactions for children with special needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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